Despite a few complaints about zipper problems, reviewers consider the L.L.Bean Rolling Deluxe Book Pack's durability to be one of its best features. Safety features like the reflective strip on the front of the pack and reflective detailing on the straps are also praised. However, not every school allows rolling backpacks, and some parents say this pack is too large to fit in their child's locker. It may be best suited for adult activities.
Well organized and spacious. The L.L.Bean Rolling Deluxe Book Pack has two main compartments, as well as a smaller front compartment and a tiny stash pocket.
Reviewers say they use it for everything from middle school to college. Others use it for business, carrying their materials from car to meeting. Expert testers with Good Housekeeping magazine say the handle sometimes sticks, and there are complaints from users that the zipper catches in the flap of fabric meant to cover it; one owner solved the problem by cutting the flap off.
The Rolling Deluxe has a compression strap on either side to help cinch the load down. A few parents say it's too large to fit in their student's locker and they'd like an exterior water bottle holder:
Versatile, but best on its wheels. At about 5.5 pounds, the L.L.Bean Rolling Deluxe Book Pack is about average weight for a rolling backpack, but it's significantly heavier than a pack without wheels. Kid testers with Good Housekeeping say that it's "extremely comfortable to walk with."
Tuck-away padded shoulder straps are contoured for extra comfort. Most people who buy this pack intending to wheel it around, even when going up and down stairs. However, we did find a couple of comments from those who like the ability to carry it as a regular backpack in highly congested areas, then switch right back to pulling it when space allows.
Expect it to last for years. Reviewers say that the L.L.Bean Rolling Deluxe Book Pack's fabric is tough, with abrasion-resistant ballistic nylon on the pack's bottom. Facebook fans of Cozi.com chose L.L.Bean as one of the four best backpack companies for durability.
A few reviewers comment on the zippers, which seem to be a weak point; those who asked L.L.Bean to fix the problem say they quickly received replacements or repairs. There are no complaints about the wheels, which few other rolling backpacks can say. It comes with a lifetime warranty.
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1. Good Housekeeping
A panel of child testers finds the L.L.Bean Rolling Deluxe comfortable to walk with, and they say it's easy to open and close the compartments. The Rolling Deluxe is one of three recommended rolling backpacks for children.
Review: Kid-Friendly Backpacks With Wheels, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not dated
More than 190 owners review the L.L.Bean Rolling Deluxe, giving it a 4.5-star average rating. They generally praise its quality, durability and convenience, but it doesn't seem to be well suited for the elementary school-aged child for various reason. Several say they would like a water bottle holder, however.
Review: Rolling Deluxe Book Pack, Contributors to LLBean.com, As of July 2013
Cozi.com editors polled their more than 66,000 Facebook fans about which packs are best. L.L.Bean is one of four brands highlighted as the best; one respondent says that her son used the same L.L.Bean backpack from kindergarten to graduation before the zipper finally broke.
Review: The 4 Best Kids' Backpacks for School, Contributors to Cozi.com, Not dated